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Frederick William DAWES

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Surname: DAWES

Forename(s): Frederick William

Place of Birth: Whitby, Cheshire

Service No: 6857

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Leicestershire Regiment

Battalion / Unit: 1st Battalion

Division: 6th Division

Age: ---

Date of Death: 1914-10-22

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: Panel 4.

CWGC Cemetery: ---


Non-CWGC Burial: ---


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Frederick William Dawes was the son of Samuel and Sarah Ann Dawes, née Easton. Samuel was born at Stanford, Bedfordshire and Sarah at Chester, Cheshire.

1891 Whitby, Cheshire Census: Birkenhead Road - William Dawse [sic], aged 3 years, born Whitby, son of Samuel and Sarah Ann Dawse.

1901 Steeton, Yorkshire Census: 43, High Street - William Dawes, aged 16 years, born Whitley [sic], Cheshire, son of Samuel and Sarah Ann Dawes.

Frederick was married to Eliza Wood in 1909.

1911 Oldham, Lancashire Census: 89, Belmont Street - Frederick Wm. Dawes, aged 25 years, born Whitby, Cheshire, husband of Eliza Dawes, aged 22 years, born Skipton, Yorkshire.

The British Army Service Record for William Dawes exists but may be incomplete.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte Wm Dawes, 6857, 1st Bn Leics R. Disembarkation Date: 9.9.14. K. in A. 22.10.14.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Pte William Dawes, 6857, 1/Leic. R. Killed in A. 22.10.14.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Pte William Dawes, 6857, 1st Bn Leicestershire Regt. Date and Place of Death: 22.10.14. In Action. Place of Birth, Date of Enlistment, Trade on Enlistment: Whitby. 18.2.03. Labourer. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Widow - Eliza. £4 12s. 1d. No Children. War Gratuity: Widow - Mrs Eliza Milne. £5 0s. 0d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for William. Name(s) on card(s): Widow Eliza, born 28.1.88. Widow remarried 9.4.17 to Herbert Milne (Civilian).

In 1921 Herbert, Eliza and their daughter, Marjorie, were living at 4, Dunsterville Terrace, Rochdale, Lancashire.

Photograph: ‘Burnley News’ (25 November 1914).

Data Source: Local War Memorial


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

DAWES, Wm., [Steeton], 1st Leicester Regiment, 16th Infantry Brigade, killed in France Oct. 1914.


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Private Frederick William DAWES

Private Frederick William DAWES

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Leicestershire Regiment

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Leicestershire Regiment

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 6th Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 6th Division

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Surname: DAWES

Forename(s): William

Born: Whitby, Yorks [sic]

Residence: Steeton, Yorks

Enlisted: Halifax, Yorks

Number: 6857

Rank: Private

Regiment: Leicestershire Regiment

Battalion: 1st Battalion


Died Date: 22/10/14

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders


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Surname: DAWES

Forename(s): William

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 6857

Rank: Private

Regiment: Leicestershire Regiment

Unit: 1st Bn.



Died Date: 22/10/1914

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‘Burnley Express’ (25 November 1914)

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Another bright Burnley home has been saddened by the worst of news from the front. On Sunday Mrs. E Dawes, of 109, Lyndhurst-road, received a letter from the Lichfield Record Office that her husband, Pte. William Dawes, of the Leicester Regiment, was killed in action at a place not known. Enclosed with the notification was a message of sympathy from the King and Queen.

Yesterday morning, Mrs. Dawes told a ‘Burnley Express’ reporter that her husband had served three years with the colours, and in February would have finished his nine years in the reserve. He had been working at Messrs. Pemberton’s Foundry. They had been married five years. There were no children.

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'Burnley Express' (25 November 1914)

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Private Frederick William Dawes

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15 September 1916


The quarterly meeting of the Craven and District Village Institutes’ Association was held at the Steeton Mechanics’ Institute on Saturday afternoon, under the chairmanship of the Rev. A.C. Blunt, of Gargrave, the newly-appointed president for the ensuing year. Delegates were present from Gargrave, Oakworth, Cross Roads, Kildwick, Steeton, Cononley, and Gisburn.

Mr. Alfred Stell, president of the Seeton Institute, extended a cordial welcome to the new president and the delegates…

Appreciative Letter from the Trenches

The Secretary (Mr. J. Holdsworth) next read the following letter from Captain Cedric F. Horsfall, the late president, written from the trenches in France:–“Many thanks for your letter which I received a few days ago in the front trenches. You have, of course, done quite right in electing another president, and just as I should have wished you to do. I feel as though I have been of little or no use during my two years of office, owing to the circumstances over which I have had no control. After the war I assure you and your Association that you shall have my active support, as I know there is much scope for your work, especially after this war, and when unavoidably the home ties of many of the men will be weakened. I can see some difficulty in preventing wholesale emigration from our villages to the towns and the colonies, and every inducement will be required to keep them in the villages. I think the Institutes might do much to meet this need. I wish you to convey to your Committee my sincerest thanks for the honour they have done to me in allowing me to keep the position of president during these two eventful years. I wish you every success in your work in the future and I am sure that you will get much valuable advice and assistance from your new president, Mr. Blunt. I hope it is not out of place if I add a word of admiration of the men in this Battalion, many of whom come from our villages, and most of whom have been members of the various Institutes. They have not had an easy time lately, but they seem to thrive on work and do it with a good heart, and shelling hardly disturbs them at all.”


Mr. W.J. Johns, of Oakworth, moved that the Association express its sincerest sympathy with the village of Steeton in the great sacrifice that it had been called upon to make in the prosecution of the war. Mr. Weatherall, of Cononley, having seconded.

The Secretary read a list of the Steeton men who have been killed and wounded as follows:–

Killed – W. Dawes, Herbert Dove, Prince Dawson, Wm. Brooksbank, James Dove, Fred T. Ellison, Spencer Cliff (missing), Joseph Hales, Ewart Myers, Thos. Fitzsimmons, Wm. Robson, Thos. Robson, Arthur Smith, Wm. A. Teale, Richard Nicholson, Norman Waterhouse, Clarence Wilson, J. Nelson, Wm. Naylor.

Wounded – John Brooksbank, Wm. Brayshaw, Matthew Dove, Robert Anderson, Percy Race, Fred Baldwin, Fred Greenwood, Frank Throup, Ernest Cooper, Robert Williams.

The Secretary added that many of the wounded men were back in the trenches again, and it was also stated that several of the soldiers had been members of the Steeton Institute.

The resolution of sympathy was carried by the delegates rising in their places…

12 January 1917


Happily there has during the closing months of the past year been few casualties amongst Steeton’s soldiers to report. Since the commencement of the war the following well-known local soldiers who have been residents in the village have given their lives for the cause of right and humanity.–Arthur Smith, William Dawes, Herbert Dove, Thomas Robson, James Walker (died in training period), Willie Brooksbank, Ewart Myers, Thomas Fitzsimons, Prince Dawson, Fred Ellison, R. Nicholson, W.H. Teale, William Naylor, William Robson, Joseph Hale, Clarence Wilson, Mathias Dove, James Dove, John Nelson, whilst to add to the above are the names of Spencer Cliff missing since the ever-to-be-remembered landing at Suvla Bay in August, 1915, and Wright Cockshott who has been included in the list of those missing since the early autumn of 1916. Several soldiers whose occupations necessitated residence in the village previous to the war have ‘made the sacrifice’ but are not included in the list.

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27 November 1914


News has been received from the War Office that Private Wm. Dawes, of the 1st Leicester Regiment, 16th Infantry Brigade, was killed at the Front about a month ago. His home is at Burnley, and his wife is a daughter of Mr. George Wood of Russell Street, Skipton. He left England with his regiment at the outbreak of the war, and the last letter received from him was about six weeks ago. He leaves no children. His father and mother reside at Steeton.

24 December 1915


Pte. William Dawes, 1st Leicester Regiment, 16th Infantry Brigade, killed in France in October 1914. His father and mother reside at Steeton. His home was at Burnley, and his wife is a daughter of Mr. George Wood, Russell Street, Skipton. He left no children.

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